Miramar Wins 6A Championship

Miramar won their first state championship Saturday night in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. The 42-20 win over Deland saw a record setting performance and the 'Dark Side' defense live up to it's name.

Miramar quarterback Ryan Williams put on a brilliant display of passing. The senior transfer from American Heritage finished 18-21 for 254 yards and five touchdowns. The five TD's are a state finals record and he also established the completion percentage record at 85.7%. His favorite target was national recruit Ivan McCartney. They hooked up for the first of three TD's on the their first drive, a beautiful nine yard fade where the throw and route were close to perfect.

Miramar kept the pressure on by recovering a short kick and the next play, Williams hit McCartney on a 33 yard strike where McCartney exploded past Deland CB Shontrelle Johnson. Miramar had jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead, exactly what they were looking to do.

The 'Dark Side' defense forced their second punt, but McCartney made a rare mistake- he fumbled the punt and Deland found themselves with a first down at the Miramar 32. Once again the Patriot defense was up to the challenge, after a Johnson two yard run, Pop Saunders threw three straight incompletions. It was clear that the hobbled Saunders was going to be a big problem for the offense, Miramar did not respect the QB run and just dominated the stout Deland rushing attack.

In the second quarter RB Jeremiah Hicks exploded for a 44 yard TD run to increase the lead to 21-0. Hicks would finish with 86 yards on the ground. Miramar then forced another three and out, but this time Keondrick Lyn fumbled the punt and once again Deland started in Miramar territory--this time they would capitalize. Joseph Kemp picked up a 17 yard run plus a 15 yard helmet contact penalty and Deland would have first and goal. It took four downs, but Achim Johnson plowed in from the three to cut the lead to 21-7.

Deland had their first bit of momentum and really needed a defense that was nothing short of outstanding all year to step up. Williams had other plans, he hit Denzel McCullum for 12, then Dante Chambers for six yards, then McCartney for 19, Chambers for another 20, and back to Chambers on a 20 yard strike to push the lead to 28-7.

Miramar ended any suspense wit a seven play, 63 yard drive to open the second half, a 29 yard Williams to Hicks pass put another seven on the board. Later in the third Williams hooked up with McCartney for a 15 yard score and it is 42-7 and the 6A championship had a running clock.

Deland did get two late touchdowns to make the final 42-20. Miramar played their most complete game of the season and become just the fourth Broward County public school to win a state title(Ely, Dillard, Hollywood Hills).

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